SHORTLY after scraping past expansion squad Blackwater, Rain or Shine import Wayne Chism and Beau Belga's thoughts were already on KIA Motors’ giant import Peter John Ramos.
Chism said he has been watching video tapes of KIA’s games over the past weeks and came to the conclusion that it would be impossible to stop the 7-foot-3 KIA behemoth in their PBA Commissioner's Cup match-up on Sunday.
“I have been watching him (Ramos) in the film and it shows its gonna be a tough matchup, because he’s 7-foot-3. And that’s big, you can’t stop him,” conceded the 6-8 Rain or Shine import out of Tennessee.
However, Chism feels the best way to beat KIA and its sizeable advantage at the post is by pushing the ball downcourt at every given opportunity.
“What else can you do? Foul him? You can’t just foul. We gotta have to play him physical and hopefully, he misses a lot of shots, then we’ll go for the rebound and run,” added Chism, who banged in 30 points and added 14 rebounds in Rain or Shine’s 102-98 win over Blackwater on Friday.
Meantime, Belga said after watching Ramos play, the Puerto Rican seemed like a “gentle giant."
“Mukhang mabait eh. Di basta-basta nagagalit,” quipped the heavyweight Rain or Shine big man.
Asked if he plans to play the psy-war game against the KIA import, the Elasto Painters banger said he’ll try.
“Gagawin ko kung ano yung mga kailangang gawin. Tingnan natin kung magiging effective sa kanya,” added Belga, who, just last Tuesday, was slapped a hefty P70,000 for his unsportsmanlike behavior in Rain or Shine’s 82-79 win over Ginebra.
Ramos is coming off 41-points-23-rebound effort in KIA’s 102-86 loss to NLEX.
Sunday's game will be crucial for both teams. KIA is looking to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot while Rain or Shine is out to put a lock on a top-two spot and a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.